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Nov 27 2017
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 Fountain Hills,
Joe and Bruces Height of Light, AZ 
Joe and Bruces Height of Light, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2017
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking6.12 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking6.12 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   1.86 mph
1,921 ft AEG   2 Hrs   49 Mns Break
 
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Once upon a time, Joe and Bruce went on a hike into the White Canyon Wilderness.
It was one of their shorter hikes (about 16 miles).

Along the way, they came across a Height of Light that was on a small, nondescript peak.
Bruce said it seemed an odd place for a triangulation mark to be set. [ photo ]

Joe just teased Bruce about him rebuilding the rock pile so the Height of Light would be more stable. [ photo ]

After seeing their photos, I wondered:
Is there a disk under all the rocks supporting the Height of Light?
Are there any reference marks on the little peak?
Oh, so many questions…………..

Well, it’s all their fault that I had to risk my life going through a “cliff band”, in order to hike up there and look around. :)
If you ever want to go up (or down) that cliff band, do Not use my “up” track to get above it ….. You may die.
However, definitely do use my “down” track, (when going up or down).
My “down” track was about 100 feet away from Joe & Bruce’s “up” - And probably even better than their choice. I certainly wasn’t the first to use it, as there were a couple cairns to guide the way. Actually, what I took for 2 cairns could have been a broken drift fence, to keep cattle off the plateau. Whatever it was, it was a safe way to get ‘through’ the cliff band.

Once atop the plateau, I sauntered over to the Height of Light area.
There it was, still standing proud.

Observations:
It’s definitely a Height of Light - old and weathered wood, with many wires to hold it firm.
I found no evidence (wood) for a survey platform.
I completely de-rocked the large ‘pile-of-rocks’, holding up the Height of Light, to look for a disk. No disk was found, and no evidence that a disk was ever there.
Sans a disk, I looked for carvings on the rocks beneath the Height of Light, knowing that surveyors sometimes did not use disks, but just carved a cross into a rock to ‘mark’ the survey spot. I found no carved rocks below the Height of Light.
I looked all over the peak perimeter for reference mark disks (or boulders with carved arrows) - None found.
Furthermore, there’s no listing online or on TOPOs, plus an email to me from the USGS, listing all their benchmarks in this area does not include this LAT/LONG.

Possibilities:
— (Possible) - Maybe the little bump of a mountain itself, is the “actual benchmark” - Like Smith Peak in the Harcuvars, and Eagle Tail Pk (the ‘mountain top’ itself has a datasheet named “Needles”).
— (Remote) - Maybe there IS a disk there, but underground. However, I see no reason for surveyors to ‘pick-axe’ down to set a disk below the rock surface, especially in such a remote area.
— (Or) - Maybe someone took the little defenseless disk, and expertly covered up their vandalism.

Conclusions:
— I have no conclusions - Heck, I’m just a hiker - We need an expert benchmark historian.

In any event, it was a fun hike, (except for “up” the cliff band, when I almost needed to be bubble-wrapped and equipped with a hang glider).

I thank Joe & Bruce for the adventure, even though I failed to locate anything.
It’s all about the journey anyway, and the White Canyon area is very easy on the eyes.
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Jan 07 2017
CannondaleKid
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White Canyon Promontory Y Loop, AZ 
White Canyon Promontory Y Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.90 Miles 3,022 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   7 Hrs   50 Mns   1.31 mph
3,022 ft AEG      15 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Just over 4 years ago we ate lunch at the end of the promontory across from Battle Axe Butte so it was about time for a return trip... with a little more distance thrown in.

Our 'loop' would actually be shaped like the outline around a small letter 'y'. We began from Battle Axe Road heading NNW on the GET #3 until reaching the saddle NW of Peak 3660. From there we rounded-the-corner to the east where we ascended a gorge before turning back west to pass the summit of Peak 3660.

The summit log for Peak 3660 was nowhere to be found. In fact, the spot where the log was on my last visit was now a large divot. And next to the divot was a large piece of the rock that had been on the summit.
:-k
How did it get that way? I thought it possible there may have been moisture underneath and it was struck by lightning, blowing the rock out and throwing it over. The only other explanation I could think of was someone pried it out, but there was no evidence of any tool to pry the rock out. Oh well, the mystery unsolved, time to move on.

From Peak 3660 we headed southwest over hill-and-dale on the way to the southern end of the promontory. I was quite surprised the route I planned on Route Manager worked out so well. In one area where we would have to ascend through a ridge of large boulders, I marked waypoints at two 'possible' locations based on satellite and Topo views and we were fortunate the first one was the perfect spot.
:DANCE:
And that's pretty much how our hike went... 'on-the-top' anyway. We made it to the southern end in time for our Battle Axe-view lunch spot.
:y:
Once we descended into White Canyon at the northeast end of our small 'y' we knew we had our work cut out for us. With plenty of water flow the pools that on previous occasions had been either dry or barely wet were now too deep to even wade through.
](*,)
Being already committed to following the canyon back to Battle Axe Road we just got-on-with-it. And by taking on some pretty serious bushwhacking we only had to step in ankle-deep water one time. I didn't take many photos in the canyon... we were too focused on simply getting through.

But no matter the trials and tribulations in White Canyon, the rest of the hike more than made up for it with the awesome views and terrain we traversed. Not many folks pass through this area.
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 Phoenix, AZ
White Canyon Wilderness - Center Loop, AZ 
White Canyon Wilderness - Center Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2016
joebartels
Hiking15.80 Miles 3,640 AEG
Hiking15.80 Miles   10 Hrs   35 Mns   1.63 mph
3,640 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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Bruce put this loop together by routes from Hank & Mark. When I saw it I knew it would be a great hike. While Brown's Peak got me hiking, White Canyon taught me how to sing.

Bruce drove in 0.4 miles off SR177 on FR319 to the safe 2WD parking. The road was recently graded. Arnett Creek was already starting a narrow yet deep crevice across the road so some may prefer to walk it.

43 degrees and windy, with a predicted high of 54. I started off wearing three long sleeve shirts and pants due to the temps. Pants are a good idea if you don't like any scratches. 10 degrees warmer and I'd be in shorts. It rained a bit last night and there was a very light flow in a couple area. All avoidable if careful. Some of the terrain was easy scrambling.

4-5 miles is road or use trail. Over half of the road walk is within the wilderness and very scenic. The majority of the hike is off trail through the canyon. The high canyon walls of White Canyon are impressive. Especially the eastern wall which is white. The water sculptured rock and narrows in multiple areas are spectacular. Any one of them would be worthy of a hike alone. 2 miles is out of the canyon to ride a ridge back to make the loop. It is a hearty 600 ft climb to the highpoint 3635 atop the ridge. Excellent views down the entire ridge. This loop is just a smorgasbord of bells and whistles. The less exciting final 2.8 miles went by quick.

Geology rocks a very short, semi boring, video starring Off_trail_Eagle.
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In isolated areas it was moderate and fading.

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crystal clear full tank with a very light flow
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CannondaleKid
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 Mesa, AZ
The Rincon Battle Axe Butte Loop, AZ 
The Rincon Battle Axe Butte Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2015
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,691 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   6 Hrs   39 Mns   1.42 mph
2,691 ft AEG      20 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Tracey called to tell me she would be leaving work early Friday so I quickly threw together a number of hike possibilities and loaded up the Jeep. We hoped to have enough time for a short hike late Friday but we ran short of time and barely had enough time to set up the tent before sunset. We didn't get to our preferred camp site but the alternate provided an awesome view of the southern face of Battle Axe Butte.

'The Rincon' was my last hike to do in the White Canyon Wilderness mapped area so early Saturday morning that's where we headed. From Battle Axe Road we followed a cow path up to the first ridge and continued following as many cow paths as were available until reaching the eastern ridge of The Rincon. From there we would follow the long arc south and west. My as-yet unspoken to Tracey hope was of reaching Peak 3980 (on my to-do list for Teapot Mountain Quadrangle) or at least as far as the F-100 crash site. But traversing a few of the northern slopes of the northern ridge the constant steep angle was playing havoc with my still-ailing left ankle, which slowed our pace dramatically.

After a short snack break we decided there were too many other areas we'd like to explore to tie up our whole day on this hike, and turned back. Freed from the 'have to reach here' anxieties we began what became a long wandering clockwise loop around Battle Axe and back to our camp.

We caught the GET #3 just below Peak 3260, followed it to Battle Axe Road, on to Walnut Creek where we headed south along the eastern base of Battle Axe Butte and ultimately following Walnut Canyon Road back up to our camp site. Back at camp we took a short rest before setting off for the second of four hikes we will take over the weekend.

We simply could not believe that with such a beautiful area and perfect weather that we would only see two other humans the whole weekend. But then we're quite happy it was the case... all the more to enjoy for ourselves.
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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16Globe, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 20 2014
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Hiking30.36 Miles 4,694 AEG
Hiking30.36 Miles   13 Hrs   51 Mns   2.44 mph
4,694 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 
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Fan and I did my favorite AZT section – Gila River Canyons. I parked by artisan well.

Good news / bad news time.

Good news the road to the well has been smoothed out with sand. The minor steps by the gate are now gone.

Bad news: The artisan well is gone! :( The well been capped off a sewer pipe. You can hear the water running but it going underground ‘somewhere’ within the sewer pipe . The creek bed is now dry! ](*,) I parked by the bard wire fence, since the old trailhead is now gated off.

The hike.
We went down to the old AZT section and then to the new AZT section. When we got to the Gila, Fan took a break as I went to the Coke Ovens. Since Fan hadn’t completed AZT 16, we took the trail back.
I was concerned that Walnut Canyon may have been gated off and not passable due to private property fence. Fan was determined that NO fence, no matter how tall or impassible would stop her from getting to the Jeep. The other option would be a 1~2 mile detour on the road.
Walnut canyon was dry. Which made hiking easier, but not as pretty as it was. There was two spots with some running water, but not like other times.

We did come across two fences. One was halfway down the canyon. It was game/cattle fence with a gate. Fan immediately wanted to go under the fence. I showed her the gate and we used that. The second fence was the one that I parked by. Again Fan wanted to immediately go through the fence. She wanted me hold up top of the bard wire as she would go through the middle of the fence. I found a place where we could climb a boulder and safely go over the fence. We went over boulder.

It was a fun hike. The morning was cold. I didn’t warm up until 2 PM. Then it got cold at 5 PM.

Now Fan has completed AZT #16!
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White Canyon Wilderness - GET #3Globe, AZ
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Hiking28.60 Miles 5,316 AEG
Hiking28.60 Miles   8 Hrs   47 Mns   3.38 mph
5,316 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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GET 3 E2W.

JohnLP and I hiked from Kelvin Bridge to Picket Post today while Nick and Dave Hiked from Picket Post to Kelvin. This set up works flawlessly. The hike started with a cool note from Sirena on one of the AZT posts. (BTW Happy Birthday Sirena) John and I got started a bit after 7:30 and the day had promise of delivering perfect weather. For a brief bit is was windy and a tad chilly but soon enough the sun was shining on us for the remainder of the journey.

When we reached the Artesian Well John refueled his water supply and we ate a couple snacks. From there we passed Battle Axe and I looked up with a smile thinking of my trip up a couple days ago. Shortly thereafter we crossed paths with the boys and chatted for a few. After that it was more smooth sailing all the way to Picket Post.

Along the way we saw equestrians, other hikers and several folks on bicycles. Awesome hike for sure! I will be heading back to that area soon. Maybe the spine? Maybe Battle Axe from the Western side? Maybe just some fun in the White Canyon Wilderness?

Thanks for coming along JLP! Good times!
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White Canyon Wilderness - GET #3Globe, AZ
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Hiking29.92 Miles 5,033 AEG
Hiking29.92 Miles   10 Hrs   55 Mns   2.74 mph
5,033 ft AEG
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Started off at Picketpost just after 7am, to start going south to Kelvin. Once we just got past Picketpost Mountain I was surprised to see a significant burn area out there. Once we got further south past the burn area, I was reminded of all the humongous cacti out there! Some of the largest cholla and saguaros I've seen. I had already done this when I did the AZT, but it's been a while.

Had lunch at the artesian well, nice :D Last time I didn't risk drinking it unfiltered, but today, I thought there certainly can't be bacteria in this water! Great taste.

When I did the AZT I did the old route, so it was just a repeat for me. The only new part for me was at the south end near Kelvin, as when I did that part of the AZT a couple or so years ago the trail followed the railroad tracks for a while, now it's all off of that.

Very little wildlife, though I did enjoy hearing a few cactus wrens in a couple of areas.

About 5 miles from the south end, we ran into the trail steward for the AZT #16 section. Very nice guy! He's also a professional runner and goes up and down it all the time. He prides himself in some of his mondo cairn creations, check them out :)

Made it to the car nearly 11 hours later, quite tired but happy for a great day on the GET...
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Great flow, clear and clean!

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Feb 16 2013
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White Canyon Wilderness - GET #3Globe, AZ
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Hiking29.54 Miles 5,736 AEG
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Hiked from the Kelvin bridge to Picketpost with JJ3. There is a nice smattering of poppies along the southern third of the route. Saw a cardinal and a falcon. The GET route is 8 miles shorter than the AZT, but still is a challenge. Met some mountain bikers from Europe who said not all Americans are lazy when they found out how far we had hiked. Nice seeing Dave and Nick again. Thanks for driving John. :)
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White Canyon Wilderness - GET #3Globe, AZ
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Hiking29.92 Miles 5,033 AEG
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segment 3 of the GET was another winner. The white canyon area is pure desert magic. wow...all kinds of awesome things to see out here. we had a really nice day too.

met a very friendly ultra trail runner out near the end and chatted for a bit. had lunch at the artesian well. that was neat to see, since my azt journey took me along the new routes and i never saw it when it was along the old route. surprised to see some poppies blooming

great, tough hike. we are only 3 segments in but the GET is a winner so far :y:
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White Canyon Wander, AZ 
White Canyon Wander, AZ
 
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rwstorm
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
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While I told Cindy that we would hike up Picketpost, my real goal for the day was to go back into the White Canyon Wilderness area. I was hoping for a decent show of wildflowers to make her happy and forget about Picketpost until another time. Not a problem! Even before we got there, you could see the poppies coloring the sides of Peachville Mountain north of Superior. I figured she would be really impressed with White Canyon, if it was her first time there. Well turns out she had been there before, and even camped, something that is on my to do list for sure! She hadn't seen the artesian well though. Also, we hiked to the west of Battle Axe Butte, which was new to her. I really like that section and have been there several times over the past decade. We took our time exploring and savoring this magnificent area. After post hike snacks by the artesian well, it was on to the Florence-Kelvin Road for the trip to Florence and a mediocre meal at L&B Inn. In spite of that, the day was a ton of fun! :)
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Peak 3660 - White Canyon WildernessGlobe, AZ
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Hiking8.55 Miles 2,417 AEG
Hiking8.55 Miles   7 Hrs   38 Mns   1.75 mph
2,417 ft AEG   2 Hrs   45 Mns Break27 LBS Pack
 
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Three days earlier we hiked up White Canyon with hopes of crossing west up a long ravine to connect with the Arizona Trail #16 and make a loop hike out of it. We didn't quite make it, but came away with a new plan to climb up to the highest peak on the plateau between the two canyons I'll hereafter refer to as the heart of the White Canyon Wilderness.

Already having scouted out an easy escape route near the upper right side of the heart on the previous hike, all I hoped to find was another route up from the Arizona Trail side. In the few days in between trips I pored over numerous topo and satellite maps then spent time drawing out possible routes, and we were ready for another adventure in the WC Wilderness.

This time we started from a parking spot along Battle Axe Road where the Arizona Trail #16 heads northwest just below the bottom tip of the heart. The hike north along the AZT provided a number of different types of terrain each with their own dangers. The loose baby-head threatened us with sprained ankles, the brushier area provided plenty of chances for thorny encounters, and of course both the prickly-pear and chain-fruit cholla forests kept us awake, lest we step too close and pay for the encounter.

All along the route up the west side of the heart we were taking photos, not only to document our trip but to seek out another safe route up. Only one area held some promise near the end of the AZT #16 segment but we continued to the end in hopes of finding something easier just around the top-left ventricle of the heart. Steep cliffs greeted us there as well, so we climbed up the easiest slope up to the base of the cliffs with hopes to follow the base southward to the spot that help promise. Unfortunately we only went about a hundred yards along the cliff before the footing became too loose, threatening to give way and we'd be tumbling down. Nope, this was enough for Tracey, and for once I agreed it was more than I cared to deal with too. So we turned around and headed back up and around the upper left corner.

Not yet willing to admit defeat (at least I wasn't) we decided to continue along the slope as long as we could hoping for another sot at the top. After checking out a few narrow gaps that provided no access, we were just about to head down to the ravine and loop eastward to link up to our path from the other side three days ago, when I noticed some light game trails heading up through some thick brush. I figured if they were that defined, there likely was a route up through there somewhere, so I said, it's now-or-never and pushed through the heavy brush. Thankfully it was just jojoba and holly so no lasting holes in the skin. After breaking through the thickest layer we were treated to some rock climbing, traversing across some loose ground again and finally up one rock that Tracey absolutely would not want to go back down, which meant we better find the rest of the way up. Thankfully moments later I reached the top and the efforts were all worth it. Awesome views all around as well as a new look at Battle Axe completely different than any I'd had before! Wow!

Greeted by this vast upper plateau area complete with hills, cliffs and valleys for a moment all I could think of is where should we explore first? But being within 500 feet from Peak 3660, the one absolute goal I set for the day, the choice was easy. The peak is right at the edge of the steep cliffs so we stopped to take some photos over the Arizona Trail. I was there for only a few moments when I noticed a small Rx capsule in a small cairn of rocks. We opened it and pulled out a summit log. The one-and-only entry was well over 10 years old! Wow! Such an honor to be among the few! So of course we added our names to the log.

With the major goal achieved we set off to traverse across the center of the heart. Surprisingly the track I drew the night before as the most likely route to take turned out to be almost an exact duplicate of the actual path of least resistance down the various levels as we progressed eastward. Every so often we'd approach what appeared to be a steep drop, only to look over and find it wasn't that bad after all. It got to the point we no longer worried if we'd be cliffed out and continued merrily along our way. As we approached the bowl area that I had explored three days earlier it was time to decide if we had enough time to try what could be the quickest way down, or head north through the bowl and use the escape route I had used before. If we could get down this way it would save about 90 minutes and 1.5 miles of hiking, so we took the gamble.

Unfortunately, we took a clockwise path around a peak toward the hoped-for exit only to be cliff'ed out. We continued the loop a bit more hoping to be able to see the bottom but were unable to. So not knowing if we'd be treated to a quick and easy escape route by going all the way back around the peak counter-clock-wise, we went for the known-good escape route through the bowl. As we approached the bowl we passed through an area that was reminiscent of sandy beaches. Although it looked like sand it was simply crushed white rock... probably why this area is named White Canyon.

Once down the escape route we were back in the White Canyon with the familiar route of boulder-hopping just waiting for us. Being our third trip through in three days some of the areas went quite smoothly, others we tried different routes over, around, between and in one case under the large boulders. It wasn't long and we were back at the car. What a great feeling of accomplishing the main goals we had set for the day and then some. And for me, wonder of wonders, almost the only hike in years that I did not spot an empty Bud Light can... ANYWHERE! Hopefully this area continues to be inaccessible enough to those who care nothing for the environment that it stays that way.

Tons of photos but posting them all on HAZ would probably dilute the value of each so I'll put the rest on my own site when I get around to it.
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Alamo Canyon - AZT #17Globe, AZ
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Hiking16.26 Miles 3,291 AEG
Hiking16.26 Miles   6 Hrs   18 Mns   2.89 mph
3,291 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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Denny was nice enough to go with me to make up this segment that I could not do when the rest of the crew went out to do this several weeks ago. We met at 4am and were able to get started right at first light. Grace was nice enough to drive Denny and I to the south trailhead so that we didn't have to do a car pickup when we were done.

We hiked from the gate off of Battle Axe, which meant we re-hiked the last part of segment 16 to the wilderness boundary. Most of the elevation for this hike came in those four miles on this last part of segment 16. A few nice views as we went through the morning, of not just Picketpost but also Weaver's Needle and the Supes ridgeline.

There is a place almost halfway in where the route has been rerouted in a section. Please note the current "default route" has this new section, but some of the others posted do not.

Nice flow at the artesian well; it must have been pouring a gallon a minute. As for wildlife, I think I stepped on a garter snake that went across the path, it was so skinny that I didn't even see it, although Denny did and jumped a bit :o Then at another spot a few miles further down, I walked right past a medium-sized diamondback (eight buttons). He only did one single rattle, I actually thought it was the wind blowing through one of the bushes. Then as Denny approached he did that again and Denny saw him. Other than that, we saw lots of quail and a few squirrels, and evidence of lots of javelina in one area. There is a place Was nursing a cold so I thought we'd be a bit slow today, but we still ended up making good time...amazing how quickly you can move with the temperature goes up. We grabbed a quick lunch at the Mexican place in Superior, Denny's treat (thanks!!) and headed home. Thanks also Denny for joining me today!
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White Canyon Wilderness - GET #3Globe, AZ
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We started in the middle section of the trail (approx. a half mile northwest of the artesian spring at Walnut Canyon, next to Battle Axe Butte) and hiked upstream for just a couple of miles. The trail started as a cow trail but quickly disappeared. We ended up following the canyon bottom, where the rock is washed smooth and white, and enjoyed the many pools of water. Water was running steadily in most places but was easy to avoid, though some pools were deep enough to swim. We saw a couple of turtles and a frog in the pools. One section of this canyon was blocked by a series of huge boulders, beginning at about a half mile up from the southern end. The lack of a trail and these big boulders made the difficulty high for some of our party. -saw lots of signs of javelina and two of us saw evidence of a cougar when we climbed a side canyon.
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White Canyon Wilderness - GET #3Globe, AZ
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This was my first time in that section of the White Canyon Wilderness and absolutely a fantastic area.
Not soon into our hike, the trail soon disappeared and it was bushwhacking and exploring. After 4 miles into the hike we dropped down into a canyon (I don't have a clue of the name :o ). The plan was to explore below and come back a different way. Once at the bottom we were greeted by pools of water that soon became deeper as we went along, so all decided it was time to turn around and go back the same way.
Love to go back someday and do some more exploring in that area.
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Gila River Canyons - AZT #16Globe, AZ
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Didn't get started until 8:35am, we spent an hour down there trying to figure out where the northern TH was. This is one instance where the AZ Trail book is just --NOT-- helpful at all! Follow Grasshopper's track to drive from US177 to this TH, and ignore the book. It made Denny so mad he wanted to pitch the book out the window. :sl:

This was an interesting hike in a lot of ways. It started at the Kelvin bridge, then soon followed the Gila River and the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks a good ways. Went a little off trail past the turn off the RR tracks, we went all the way to the bridge ahead, really interesting old bridge. The wood beams going over it had big gaps, dropping down dozens of feet to the river below, so you didn't want to make a misstep! (although they weren't so wide a whole body would go through)

Not much wildlife today, hoped to see some javelina out there as it has some large concentrations of them out there, but no luck. Did see lots of quail and lots of deer tracks, especially around the Gila. Really nice views of the Gila basin!

Pretty well cut trail throughout. It was a little challenging figuring out how to turn off the RR tracks, there is no marker for a trail leaving the tracks and it is very overgrown, had to go probably 100 yards of more until the trail actually started looking decent, recommend a GPS to find this turnoff, although if you go to the bridge you have gone too far. It has now become customary that we sing terribly off key every time we think of a song with the words in it we're talking about ("here comes the sun" ... "here comes the rain again, falling on my head like a memory" ... "what goes up must come down" ... trust me, the songs are endless). Today on the tracks Denny kicked it off with some Johnny Cash, singing "Folsom Prison Blues", and before long we were all singing it. That led to "Rock Island Line", "Hey Porter" ... it just went downhill quick. Then I found it on my iPhone, and cranked it up. ("Dave listens to Johnny Cash?!" don't ask...) [-X :lol:

Farther up, there was a stretch going through a creek in Walnut Canyon that was really nice. Lots of boulder hopping and water dodging. We were totally surprised to find two ATVs come through the creekbed, jumping boulders some 6-8 feet off the ground. After we passed them and followed their tracks up, there were several spots we looked and just scratched our heads trying to figure out how they pulled it off. The suspension on those things had to be incredible!

After leaving the White Canyon Wilderness boundary, trying to figure out where the endpoint of this segment was pretty much impossible. There is no marker denoting the end of the segment, nor is there a marker as described in the AZ Trail book. We did turn around when we saw an unmarked wooden post. The Arizona Trail website says the endpoint is the Tonto National Forest boundary, which butts right up against the White Canyon Wilderness boundary, so my guess is when you come to the two White Canyon Wilderness boundary signs you are at your endpoint.

The only bad part of today was that I lost my orange cap (in my avatar) somewhere on the trail today, probably in the first half. I took it off a couple of miles in and velcroed it onto my pack, then just over halfway I looked for it and it was gone. Anybody out there who sees it, please get it for me and I'll pick it up from you and will be glad to give you a $20 for your trouble! :M2C: I have worn it on every segment of the AZT we have done (15 segments), so I'm totally bummed to lose it.

Denny wasn't able to get the Focus all the way down Grasshopper's track to the dropoff spot. A high clearance vehicle could have made it tho. Where we stopped, just outside a gate about a mile or so past the corral, we ended up backtracking from our turnaround point back to the car about 4 1/4 miles.
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Return to do a little hiking and photography in this beautiful area. Very dramatic geology indeed!
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Another hike in the area with Bob E as the guide. We again wandered west of Battle Axe with the Ajax Peak ridge as the goal. Exploratory. Ended up high on a ridge with some nice views to the south and west. Just a fun playful pocket of adventure in there. :D

This is Bob's write up of our day out there (from the SAHC bulletin):

"Some surprises. A rock blocked Battle Ax Road part way in, adding 1.3 road miles each way to what became a hike of just over 12 miles and 2,700'. The other surprise was finding ourselves unexpectedly on the Arizona Trail for a couple of miles. Much easier than the bushwhack we anticipated. Lunch was on a high point 0.2 miles north of Ajax. You could see the whole world from there. We explored Ajax a little before leaving the area, but had to leave the attempt at the summit for next time. Part of the return trip was via a canyon with extensive bed rock, so Cindy got a canyon fix."
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A fellow SAHC guide, Bob Eschrich, asked me if I wanted to check out a new area for a future club hike. White Canyon Wilderness area was our objective, and though we hadn't been there before, we had heard great things about it. It certainly lived up to expectations and we had one fantastic day exploring up there! We drove in on Battle Axe Road and cut down to Walnut Canyon and over to the northwest side of Battle Axe and started hiking west on an old road. We then cut south and high up on a ridge where we were treated to outstanding views. Then we dropped back down and followed the drainage back as far as we could towards our vehicle. From there we drove up the old road on the west side of Battle Axe and down to into Walnut Canyon wash. Battle Axe Butte sure commands your attention, but there are so many other great formations in this wonderful area as well. We tried to head back to the road we came in on, but the wash became too narrow to drive through, so we just headed down the wash until we reached the Gila River. There was a decent flow, so we had to decide whether to try crossing the river or head back the way we came (which I really didn't want to do). I rolled up the pant legs and waded across the river to make sure of what was on the bottom. I didn't detect any mud or sandy spots, just gravel, so we decided to go for it. The crossing was successful and we followed a jeep track up to the Kelvin Road. Then it was back to Tucson to end a fine adventure! :)
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